NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Up To Date

Wastewater & Coronavirus | Leavenworth National Cemetery | Veteran Survives COVID-19 | Kansas Meatpacking Guidelines | Lessons From Dr. Seuss

Justin Casey
Leavenworth National Cemetery will not feature graveside flags during the Memorial Day weekend because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:15: Determining the spread of COVID-19 through testing wastewater

Scientists from the state and University of Kansas have teamed up to test wastewater for traces of the coronavirus. The results allow them to see how widespread the virus has been.

Segment 2, beginning at 19:55: How veterans will be honored at the Leavenworth National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend.

The global pandemic has changed Memorial Day routines at Kansas' national cemetery. The National Cemetery Administration has decided against the placement of graveside flags, and visitors should expect to maintain social distance.

Segment 3, beginning at 29:45: A World War II veteran from Kansas wins his battle against COVID-19.

Max Deweese, a 99-year-old veteran of World War II, was awarded two Purple Hearts. He talks about contracting COVID-19, being hospitalized and quarantined, and surviving the disease.

    • Max Deweese, Overland Park resident

    Segment 4, beginning at 37:20: A discussion about the relaxing of guidelines meant to protect meatpacking employees

    A new report from the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle has raised concerns about how and why the Kansas Department of Health and Environment loosened quarantine guidelines for employees in the meatpacking industry.

    Segment 5, beginning at 52:55: A virtual commencement speech

    With graduation ceremonies across the metro cancelled, we're bringing you speeches from valedictorians in the Kansas City region. Today, Nicholas Burdolski shares with his fellow graduating students lessons learned from Dr. Seuss.

      Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
      Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.
      Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
      Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
      Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.